Bald Eagle Nest Watch Program
The Audubon Society of the Capital Region is excited to announce that they are launching a citizen science Bald Eagle Watch program in 2017. Now brought back from the brink of extinction, the State of New York has played an important role in Bald Eagle conservation. There are now there exists over 200 nesting pairs in the state! This nest watch program is intended to provide continued support in the effort and protect our national symbol. What's Involved?
Local Grasslands InitiativeIn July 2011, Board Members of the Audubon Society of the Capital Region met with leaders from the Agricultural Stewardship Association, Friends of the Washington Co. Grasslands IBA, Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club to discuss grassland bird conservation in the Capital Region/Glens Falls area. Since then ASCR has investigated the need for conservation action and citizen science initiatives in the grassland areas of our area. This past summer of 2012, ASCR Board Member Dr. Jerram Brown conducted a field survey of grassland speices at Thacher Park. His report can be obtained by contacting the chapter.
The American KestrelPrior to the 2012 breeding season, with the assistance of Marcelo del Puerto of DEC, ASCR built and placed 6 kestrel nesting boxes in grassland areas west of the Capital Region. Six more boxes are planned for 2013. We are grateful to the Capital Region Woodworkers Association for donating the wood for the boxes.This statewide initiative was begun by Audubon NY several years ago. Since that time, many chapters have placed boxes around New York State with encouraging results. To learn more about this project, go to: http://ny.audubon.org/BirdSci_AmericanKestrelProject.html.
Bird Monitoring at Schodack Island State Park
Invasives Work at Schodack IslandOn Saturday, September 29, 2012, ASCR and NYS Parks at Schodack Island co-sponsored a TogetherGreen Volunteer Days Event at Schodack Island. The purpose of the day's activities was to cut oriental bittersweet vines. These invasive vines overwhelm the tree canopy and degrade the habitats of the cerulean warbler and bald eagle. NYS Park biologist Casey Holzworth and SUNY Albany professor George Robinson determined the strategy to be used. Twenty-eight people showed up to cut a total of more than 3,000 vines, 100 of which were more than 2" in diameter. Dr. Robinson estimates that the day's efforts will help about 500 canopy trees to recover and amounts to 5 to 10 acres of habitat improvement. TogetherGreen is funded by Toyota.
Soaring Survey: Bald eagles eyed at Schodack Island State Park
NYSDEC and ASCR Team up to Protect Wildlife - May 4, 2016
Local birders ready for Christmas Bird Count
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State and local Audubon Society, Capital District Community Gardens create wildlife-friendly habitat
· National Audubon’s Home Page
· Audubon New York
· Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club
· New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
· Adirondack Mountain Club
· Save The Albany Pine Bush Site
· New York Sierra Club
· Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks
· NYS Ornithological Association
· Museum of Innovation and Science
· All about Birds
· Cornell Lab of Ornithology